Arts Summit 2014 News and Updates

Register now to join the cultural community on Friday, June 20 for Arts Summit 2014 and take part in the work of developing a cultural policy framework for all of British Columbia.

The morning will feature presentations by Michael Davis of BoardVoice on the similar work being done on provincial social policy, reports on the recent Where Next BC gathering and the ArtsBC conference, and an update from Bob D’Eith of Music BC on the creative industries’ experiences since last year’s launch of Creative BC. 

The main order of business will be the presentation of the BC Creative Convergence draft cultural policy framework. 

There will be plenty of opportunities at this one-day Summit for you to share your views, critique the draft framework, and send the BC Creative Convergence team back to the drawing board to incorporate your ideas in the final document.

Afternoon breakout sessions will be facilitated by Dialogue Leaders representing most of our sectors and disciplines and many of our province’s regions. Among those leading the conversations will be: Alliance executive director Rob Gloor; ProArt Victoria's executive director Peter Sandmark; Columbia Basin Trust's Community Liaison Lynda LaFleur; Zaena Campbell from the Dancer Transition Resource CentreMetro Vancouver's Judy Robertson; BC Touring Council's Joanna Maratta; ArtsBC president Kathy Ramsey; arts consultant Dawn Brennan; and Meaghan Williams of Artists' Legal Outreach.

We will also be fine-tuning our engagement strategies for the coming months as we continue the BC Creative Convergence roundtables in communities throughout BC, seeking further input into the final framework document.

Check-in opens at 8 a.m., Summit proceedings commence at 9 a.m, wrap-up at 4:30 p.m. Lunch and refreshments are included with registration. 

Registrants of the Summit are invited to attend, at no additional charge, a special presentation on diversity in British Columbian arts audiences by Kelly Hill of Hill Strategies Research on Thursday, June 19. Details can be found on the registration page. 

Register here to join the conversation.

If you're interested in doing some homework in advance of the Summit, see the Background page. You can find overview information about this year's Summit, learn how we got here by reviewing what came out of Arts Summit 2013, and check out links to cultural policies and strategy documents from other cities, provinces, and countries. 

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